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Maple Festival 2018
Oct
4
to Oct 14

Maple Festival 2018

Don't miss the magnificent fall color during the annual Maple Festival. This year, the event starts on Thursday October 4th and lasts for 11 days till Sunday October 14th.

This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities. Stay tuned for more details.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a special exhibit of Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Collection made possible in collaboration with the University of Washington's Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium. 

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SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT Moon Viewing 2018

THANK YOU everyone for your passionate love of the Seattle Japanese Garden and our Moon Viewing event! Moon Viewing 2018 is SOLD OUT. We apologize to everyone who loves this event and wasn't able to get a ticket this year.


For one enchanting evening a year, the Seattle Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns and luminaries welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

This year, guests will have a chance to enjoy special lighting art, “Asagao / Morning Glory” by Yuri Kinoshita and a sound installation by Paul Kikuchi throughout the garden in the twilight. The event will also feature a live performance by Kikuchi using historic 78rpm record collection.

Haiku competition will be held during the evening. Stroll through the garden on a beautiful summer evening will have plenty for your inspirations.

Complete your evening with a Japanese bento dinner and a tea ceremony. Three tea ceremonies will be held in the Shoseian Teahouse during the event. A limited quantity of bento dinners and tea ceremony tickets will be available for advance purchase at the time of ticket sale.

Ticket sale begins August 1.

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Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Kite-Making Workshop

Mark your calendars for August 11! For this Family Saturday, Greg Kono of the Drachen Foundation will be leading aa fun hands-on kite-making workshop. Mr. Kono will be showing our visitors how to make mini koi and yakko kites from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And kids enter the garden free all day! Admission to the garden is FREE for children 12 and younger from 10 am to 2pm for Family Saturday.

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Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering

For the August Free First Thursday, Wandering and Wondering returns to Seattle Japanese Garden for its 8th annual Butoh performance! Throughout the three-hour event, you will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations in the garden. Wandering and Wondering is a sensory feast not to be missed. Entry to the garden will be FREE from 3PM until closing. Refreshments provided.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. September's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)!

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First Viewing
Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

First Viewing

Join us for First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the 2018 season. First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing at 10 a.m. A Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that's been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

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Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Haiku Workshop by Michael Welch (Haiku Northwest)

For the last Family Saturday of 2017, we are welcoming back Michael Dylan Welch of Haiku Northwest for a haiku workshop.

Haiku is a traditional form of poetry from Japan. In English, they are typically written in three lines with no titles and include an objective description that suggests a season.

Join us on Saturday November 4, 11am-1pm as Welch brings us into the world of Haiku. Be ready to focus on your five senses and stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden for inspiration for your poetic expression!

For more information about Haiku Northwest, visit their website, www.haikunorthwest.org

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. October's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)

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Maple Viewing Festival 2017
Oct
5
to Oct 15

Maple Viewing Festival 2017

Autumn is in the air, and colors are starting to show at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Join us for the breathtaking sight of maple trees in fall colors at the annual Maple Viewing Festival. This family-friendly event features nature-inspired craft making, maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities during the 10 days. The event starts on Thursday October 5th.

Tea ceremonies are offered on Saturday October 7th, Thursday October 12th, and Saturday October 14th. Pre-purchased tickets are required for tea ceremonies.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island-based photographer Ray Pfortner.

The hours in October are Monday noon – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday 10am -5pm.

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Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-
Sep
24
1:00 PM13:00

Tea Ceremony -Introduction to Chanoyu-

Practiced in Japan for centuries, the art of tea ceremony --also called Chado, or The Way of Tea-- is imbued with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Our Shoseian Tea house offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience tea ceremony in a traditional roji garden setting. Chaboshu will be your host for this 40-minute "Introduction to Chanoyu" experience.

Chaboshu is a Seattle's premier men's tea group which was established to promote public awareness about Japanese tea ceremonial practices for men. The group consists of members from different Chado schools. September's theme for Chaboshu presentation is TBD so please make sure to check back this page or their Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/chaboshu/)!

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Moon Viewing 2017
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Moon Viewing 2017

For one enchanting evening a year, the Seattle Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns and luminaries welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition. Join us for the evening with music, dance and poetry in the garden. Stroll through the garden on a beautiful summer evening will have plenty for your inspirations. Tea ceremonies and bento boxes will be available for additional purchase.

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Family Saturday: Kite-Making with the Drachen Foundation
Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

Family Saturday: Kite-Making with the Drachen Foundation

Have you ever seen a koi fly? Join us for a fun Family Saturday kite-making workshop!  

For our Family Saturday in August, the Seattle Japanese Garden will welcome Gregory Kono from the Drachen Foundation for a fun-hands on kite-making workshop. Kono will be showing our visitors how to make mini koi and yakko kites on Saturday, August 5, 11am – 1pm. Join us while the supplies last!

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Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Free First Thursday: Wandering and Wondering

Feelings and curiosity - Finding a way through or hiding in the garden?


We are pleased to welcome Wandering and Wondering, for their 7th Annual Butoh performance directed by Joan Laage of Kogut Butoh. Visitors will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations throughout the garden. Experience the beauty and tranquility through the performers’ response to all the sensations they encounter in the garden.

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